April is Autism Awareness month and California MENTOR marked it by co-hosting the 3rd Annual Autism Conference with Cambridge College in Rancho Cucamonga which was covered this year by CBS station, KCAL 9. In addition to the conference, staff and individuals served by California MENTOR also participated in Disability Awareness Night with the Inland Empire 66ers baseball team and the Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
Now in its third year, the Annual Autism Conference, which was held on April 6, seeks to provide a venue to educate and inform the public about autism and highlight resources available in the community for families and individuals living with autism. The event featured a presentation from Erik Linthorst, an award-winning film maker and father of a child with autism, along with a private screening of his film “Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story.” Ido Kedar, author of Ido in Autismland also spoke. Ido is a 16-year-old who was diagnosed with Autism as a small child. Although Ido is not able to communicate verbally, with the support of an aide, he is able to attend public school and communicate with the assistance of an iPad and voice recognition software. His presentation at the conference was profoundly moving, and attendees found his journey and his parent’s advocacy inspiring.
To learn more about Autism Awareness Month, visit AutismSpeaks.org.